Tara Reade, a former aide to Joe Biden in the United States Senate, alleges that in the Spring of 1993, Senator Biden “just had me up against the wall…and then his hands were on me and underneath my clothes. And then he went down my skirt, but then up inside it, and then he penetrated me with his fingers … I pulled away, when he got finished doing what he was doing, and I pulled back, and he said, ‘come on man, I heard you liked me.’”
Since Ms. Reade has gone public with her claim, several people have corroborated her story. Additionally, a clip from “Larry King Live” in 1993 — the same year as the alleged assault — resurfaced in which Ms. Reade’s mother calls in and asks for advice while alluding to problems her daughter experienced adding further possible evidence to Ms. Reade’s case. CNN has since removed this episode of “Larry King Live” from their online catalog.
There is plenty of reason to be skeptical of Ms. Reade’s claim, but that is not the issue here. The conflict at the heart of the matter is that once again, the Democrats allow themselves to play by a different set of rules. They hold themselves to a different set of standards and expect us to be none-the-wiser.
I’m old enough to remember when the media, Leftists from all walks of life, and even some self-identifying Conservatives demanded a thorough investigation into an uncorroborated claim of sexual misconduct made against a man they will henceforth refer to as Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
The #MeToo movement came out in full support of his accuser, and Leftists utilized every single asset available to them to lay waste to an honorable man’s reputation. For weeks on end, journalists and politicians dragged Brett Kavanaugh’s name through the mud simply because they could. After all, he was accused of sexual assault. Therefore, according to the standard set forth, he was guilty of sexual assault.
They claimed that because his accuser was a woman, and was alleging sexual misconduct against him, there was an inherent truthful nature to her narrative and that he was inherently guilty. Facts of the matter be damned.
The Left sycophantically elevated Kavanaugh’s accuser to the status of a pop-cultural icon while insisting that any criticism of her or skepticism about her narrative was an afront to the honor of legitimate survivors of sexual assault everywhere.
So, let us assess the situation before us. Joe Biden has been accused of sexual assault.
Therefore, by the standard that the Left has firmly established, Joe Biden is guilty of sexual assault. Joe Biden, himself, was a prominent voice condemning Brett Kavanaugh.
Ms. Reade’s allegations are substantially corroborated and are likely supported by documentation in the “Delaware Records” that Biden’s campaign has under lock-and-key. As it turns out, they already accessed these files in mid-March around the same time Ms. Reade’s complaint became widely known to the American public.
When Kavanaugh was accused, the Left demanded that he be investigated ad infinitum. Now that one of their own cannot live up the literally impossible standard they set in the first place, they want to change the rules. Martin Tolchin — the founder of Politico — calls for the “coronation of Joe Biden” and stated that he does not “want justice, whatever that may be. I want a win, the removal of Donald Trump from office…”.
There are even representatives of the Biden campaign that demand the FBI intervene with those reporting on Ms. Reade’s allegations, and in an extremely absurd turn of events, another campaign representative says that the assault could not have occurred as Ms. Reade alleges because of the positioning of female genitalia.
Prominent feminist voices, such as one of the founders of the #MeToo movement — Tarana Burke — have lavished praise on Biden despite their promise always to believe and support survivors. The feminist-lawyer Lisa Bloom even said she believes Ms. Reade’s account of Biden’s assault, but still plans on supporting him anyway.
And last but not least, an age-old defense of sexual assailants is that “boys will be boys.” It normalizes predatory behaviors and instills in young men the notion that their actions are without consequence. So, it comes as no surprise that Nancy Pelosi’s defense of Joe Biden is “Joe Biden is Joe Biden.”
If it weren’t for the fact that these same people used every tool at their disposal to slander Brett Kavanaugh and put his family through hell during his confirmation process, I’d probably be more willing to accept the skepticism surrounding Ms. Reade’s claim. But we need to face facts; the Left does not actually care about sexual assault survivors, and they certainly do not #BelieveAllWomen. They militarize claims of alleged sexual misconduct against their opponents when it is convenient for them while making space for the very real deviants in their own party.
The time has come for us to demand that the Left is judged by the same standards they set for the rest of us.